When We Jumped to Conclusions: The 10 Worst Predictions for 2009

Posted by Patrick James

jump_to_conclusionsPrognostication is the halmark of punditry. Really, there are few better ways to garner media attention than with a bold, seemingly crazy prediction for geopolitical events. However, there is a tricky problem with bold, seemingly crazy predictions: They're often totally wrong-sometimes humorously so. For evidence of that, check out Foreign Policy's 10 Worst Predictions of 2009, which includes everything from the panic over swine flu to the idea that the global economic donwturn would beget a total economic collapse of apocalyptic proportions.